Update 15.10.18: DUBLIN SWIFT arrived in Larne as expected at around 1pm today and berthed stern first at Curran Quay. NIFS understands she will remain in Larne until at least Saturday and is collecting some new mezzanine car decks which will be installed while she is off-service for winter at Belfast.
Irish Ferries Dublin to Holyhead fast-craft DUBLIN SWIFT is to visit Larne on Monday NIFS has learned. The visit to the County Antrim port is to load items related to maintenance which is taking place this winter. The Port at Larne has been chosen due to the lack of an available berth at Belfast. NIFS understands however that it is possible the former US Military catamaran will spend her winter layover in Belfast and may also dry dock at Harland & Wolff. DUBLIN SWIFT‘s first season has been plagued by an engine issue that has led to increased crossing times and delayed and cancelled sailings. Regular readers will recall that DUBLIN SWIFT was converted to civilian use at Harland & Wolff earlier this year, allowing the sale of the original Irish Ferries fast-craft JONATHAN SWIFT to Spanish operator Balearia.